Archive for November, 2012

Let’s Celebrate

Key Verse: “For to us a child is born, the Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6)

Our hope is for our kids to: Remember what God has done

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Jeremiah 33:14-16) This passage was written about 600 years before the birth of Jesus. The Promised Land (Israel) was divided in two kingdoms and both had been overtaken by enemies. Jeremiah gave a message of hope, saying that a king would come from the line of David, but this king would be wiser and have more righteousness than any other king ever. This passage gives us an understanding of why the disciples and followers of Christ thought that Christ would overthrow the Roman rule and restore Jerusalem. However, Jesus came to restore mankind and create a new covenant, one full of grace and truth that we now can rejoice in!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell about a time someone kept an important promise to you. How did it feel for the promise to be kept? How would it have felt if the person had failed to keep the promise? Then encourage your children to talk about the need to believe in what we say to each other. Talk about ways that God’s promises are trustworthy.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Gather condensed milk, food coloring, white bread, paintbrushes, bowls, and a toaster. Set out four small bowls. Pour into each bowl one tablespoon of condensed milk. Drop a few drops of food coloring into the bowls to make the colors of your choice. Mix well. As a family talk about the importance of keeping promises. Discuss the importance of trusting God to keep his promises. Then with a clean paintbrush, use the colored milk as your “paint” and paint pictures or designs on your bread that represent how God keeps his promises. To reveal your design, lightly toast your bread in the toaster. Say a “toast” to God, and thank him for fulfilling his biggest promise through Jesus.

 

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Posted: November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Let us Give Thanks

Key Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done”
(1 Chronicles 16:8)

Our hope is for our kids to: Remember what God has done

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Joshua 3:1 – 4:24) The crossing of the Jordan River by the Israelites seems like a rerun of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea some 40 years earlier. However, apart from Joshua and Caleb all of the people crossing the Jordan were no older than children when Israel crossed the Red Sea. After they crossed the river, God had them build a memorial out of twelve stones that they took from the center of the Jordan. This was built so that future generations would know that God had done mighty things for the Israelites, and that He is all powerful.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Discuss what God has done for your family lately. Maybe God provided financially in an unexpected way while you were out of a job, or maybe God protected your family when you got lost hiking. Practice talking about what God has done for you so you’ll be prepared to tell others. Then, as a family, talk about how you showed God your thanks and gave him the credit. Talk about how you’ll remember to thank God the next time he helps you in some way, too.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
The Israelites used a pile of stones to remember how God had helped them. Today people might make a monument instead. Have your family create monuments with mashed potatoes to show what God has done! You can use a spoon and a butter knife to make pictures and yummy statues.

Let us Give Thanks

Key Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done”
(1 Chronicles 16:8)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We can have faith that God will do big things in our lives.   

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Joshua 2:1-24) It was time for the Israelites to go into battle with the people of Canaan. In preparation, Joshua sent spies into the land first. Remembering the last time spies were sent from among the Israelites and how that turned out, Joshua just sent two. The spies were saved by Rahab, who made them promise that her and her household would be saved when they attacked. Because of this Rahab is commended for her faith in Hebrews 11:31.  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your kids about areas in your life where your faith is strong and areas where you need God to help you grow in your faith. Then ask your kids to think of areas in their own lives where they need God to help them grow in their faith. For example, maybe they need to trust God in their school work, or maybe they need to ask God to help them in their relationships. Then talk about one way each of you can commit to showing God that you trust him to do big things in that area of your life.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week bake cookies or some other treat as a family. Then take the treats to a neighbor or friend and spend time with them. If an opportunity arises to allow you to share your faith then go for it! However, do not force it, your gesture will speak volumes about your faith.

Let us Give Thanks

Key Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done”
(1 Chronicles 16:8)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God helps us accomplish his plans

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Joshua 1:1-11) God spoke to Joshua the same way that He had spoken to Moses. Now that Moses passed away to be with God, the Israelites turned to their new leader that God has chosen. The task at hand was to finally cross into the land promised to them long ago, since leaving Egypt where they were slaves.  After God had spoken to Joshua he was very encouraged! God promised that He will be there with him and the Israelites, so they should be courageous!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share with your children a plan you feel God has for your life. Maybe it’s a ministry opportunity in your church or perhaps it’s a major career shift. Talk with your kids about what has kept you from following through—if anything—and think of ways you can get started working toward that plan this very week. Then ask your kids to share something they feel God might want to accomplish in their own lives. Encourage each other throughout the week to take the next step in following God’s plan for each of your lives.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Sometime this week do a ministry activity with your kids. Discuss why you do it and if it is the plan God has for your life. Talk with them about the importance of learning what plans God has for them, but reassure them they have time to discover that.